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Friday, June 27 2014

Is There Anything Rob Brydon Can’t Do?

Sometimes it seems like Rob Brydon is everywhere in the comedy world. And that's a good thing.


Monday, May 12 2014

The Gently Subversive ‘Rev.’

Vicars interact with a wide range of people, and the motley crew who pass through Adam's church offer ample opportunities for comedy.


Friday, March 7 2014

The Funniest Man Who (N)ever Lived: Alan Partridge

For over 20 years, Alan Partridge has shared his life with the British public and fans have embraced him, warts and all. Now, his first feature film is coming to America. Back of the net!


Monday, January 13 2014

Daley Pearson Gets Some Strange Phone Calls

Australian writer and director Daley Pearson is funny in all of his creations and conquers every type of comedy he tries.


Wednesday, October 23 2013

Want a Master Class in Comedy Writing? Listen to John Finnemore

Good comedy writing requires skill, hard work, intelligence, and funny bones. Luckily, John Finnemore's got bucketloads of what it takes.


Tuesday, June 25 2013

Introducing a Man Who Needs No Introduction: Count Arthur Strong

Never has a grumpy, bumbling, miserly, forgetful, and formerly marginally famous variety star been so lovably hilarious.


Monday, May 6 2013

Political, Pointed, and Peculiar: Armando Iannucci, Comedy Genius

Armando Iannucci's The Thick of It and Veep have solidified his legacy as a political satirist, but we mustn't forget the impact his other works have had on culture and comedy.


Monday, December 17 2012

What’s Been So Funny This Year?

Despite a few imperfections, this month's British Comedy Awards highlighted the best of British television comedy.


Wednesday, October 17 2012

Would No More ‘Have I Got News for You’ Be Good News?

BBC's satirical news show has taken viewers on a long and bumpy ride. Now in its 44th series, has it reached the end of the road?


Thursday, August 30 2012

Why Does Everyone Love Comedian Sean Lock?

Before Sean Lock became a comedian, he worked as a labourer on building sites, an office worker for the Department of Health and Social Security, and a toilet cleaner and goat herder in France. No wonder he's got an opinion on everything.


Monday, July 9 2012

Stone Me, What a Life: Tony Hancock’s Lasting Impact on Comedy

Tony Hancock played an Every Man with the lovable charm and the infuriating selfishness of a know-nothing know-it-all. Like his character, most of us want what we don't have and the rest of the world, we believe, is responsible for our dissatisfaction.


Tuesday, April 24 2012

For Your Smoking Pleasure

Love and hate. Success and failure. Life and death. Cigarettes. You could get addicted to Brian Dooley's The Smoking Room.


Thursday, February 23 2012

Why I Dumped Ricky Gervais for Karl Pilkington (but Am Still Seeing Stephen Merchant on the Side)

Did the record breaking Ricky Gervais Show podcast give insight into the real people behind it? Or were they just three more brilliant comic creations?


Monday, January 16 2012

Misery Loves Comedy, But Has It Killed the Traditional Sitcom?

Comedian Lee Mack believes that realism is the enemy of comedy. But his own series, Not Going Out, proves that the Old-School sitcom is alive and kicking.


Thursday, October 20 2011

The World’s Favourite Parlour Game: The Quite Interesting Brilliance of ‘QI’

We rarely equate television game shows with admirable life philosophies, but the BBC's QI with host Stephen Fry pulls it off by making us think as well as laugh.


Tuesday, August 30 2011

BBC Radio: Tune in for a Grin

The BBC has recognised that its mission statement "to inform, educate and entertain" must, simply must, include radio comedy.


Monday, June 20 2011

In Praise of Silliness

They say you gotta laugh to keep from crying. A simple dose of pure silliness taken on a regular basis is much needed, these days.


Tuesday, April 19 2011

How TV Ruined Charlie Brooker

Everything the media told us we now had to question, because Charlie Brooker showed us the truth. But hearts were broken when television's biggest critic was seduced by the boob tube's charm.


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